Courtesy of Lampronti Gallery
Annibale Carracci, Head Study of a Man (16th century) - Lampronti Gallery, London, 29 November-7 December. €400,000: Found in an Austrian collection, this previously unknown and unpublished oil on paper, laid on canvas, has been attributed to the Bolognese painter Annibale Carracci (1560-1609). The intimate study, illustrative of Carracci’s rejection of flamboyant Mannerism in favour of a touching, immediate realism, is painted sparely on a warm brown ground on a page taken from what appears to be an account book, on which the date 1539 is legible. Professors Erich Schleier and Daniele Benati have both praised this as a work by Carracci and have also likened it to another portrait of a bearded old man by the atist, which was with Colnaghi Gallery in 1956 before entering the Paul Ganz Collection in New York, and most recently with Jean-Luc Baroni, London. The work will be exhibited at Lampronti Gallery as part of London Art Week.